One-Word Speech Exercise (27)

All but one of the following sentences has incorrect punctuation and capitalization and may incorrectly include or omit quotation marks according to The Chicago Manual of Style and other writing guides; revise the sentences as necessary:

Answers and Explanations

Direct quotations of one-word questions, responses, and civilities such as please and thanks are treated like any other quotation, with a comma separating the word from the attribution, as well as quotation marks and initial capitalization. An indirect reference to such a quotation is considered a paraphrase, with no such treatment.

1.
Original: They wanted to know "Why?" but Mary ignored them.
Correct : They wanted to know why, but Mary ignored them.

2.
Original: She looked at him and asked "who?"
Correct : She looked at him and asked, "Who?"

3.
Original: If the answer is "Yes," then we should proceed immediately.
Correct : If the answer is yes, then we should proceed immediately.

4.
Original: The only word they could get out of him was "No."
Correct : The only word they could get out of him was "No."

This sentence was originally correct.

5.
Original: I reminded her to say, "please."
Correct : I reminded her to say, "Please."

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